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Garden School cultivates major theater production

Amanda Holt MillerPost Independent Staff

It takes a big group with a lot of talent to pull off a massive show like “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”It’s a good thing, then, that the Garden School in New Castle has 65 students waiting in the wings for a major performance like this one.”All of the students, of all ages, participate in the plays,” said Renee Miller, producer of the play and a founder of the Garden School. The Garden School is a private school, where students between kindergarten and 12th grade attend two days a week and are otherwise homeschooled. The school has done plays for the last eight years, Miller said. And all of the students are required to participate.”It’s great for the kids,” Miller said. “The goal of the school is to graduate students who can read well, write well and speak well. It builds their confidence to be up in front of people and their peers.””Joseph” is the retelling of the biblical story of Jacob’s oldest son, Joseph, who can interpret dreams and possesses a magical coat. His 11 brothers, jealous of their father’s favoritism for him, sell him into slavery. By a few strange turns of fate, Joseph becomes the right-hand man of the emperor and rescues his brothers.Miller said she tries to select a play that matches up with a time period the students are studying. Past plays have included “Anne of Green Gables,” “Fiddler On The Roof” and “The Chronicles of Narnia.””The time period is perfect,” said senior Krystine Lewis, who plays one of three narrators. “We’re studying the Hebrews now.””Joseph” is known to be one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most colorful musicals. “There are a lot of kids of all ages on the stage all the time,” Miller said.The costumes, music and dancing rank among Lewis’ favorite parts of this show.”I love the music,” Lewis said. “And the choreography is great. I really like the choreography even though I don’t get to dance a lot.”Miller said time period isn’t the only thing on her mind when she chooses a play for the school.”It has to be something worth the children’s’ time because it takes a lot of time to put a play together,” Miller said. “It needs to be something you want to hear over and over again. The story of Joseph is very entertaining with lots of music and dancing.”Contact Amanda Holt Miller at 945-8515 ext. 529ahmiller@postindependent.com


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